Jan Bebbington

Jan Bebbington

Professor Jan Bebbington holds a Chair in Accounting and Sustainable Development in the School of Management at the University of St. Andrews. Her research interests focus around the themes of organisational responses to the global climate change agenda as well as how governance regimes for sustainable development might be developed at organisational, regional and country level. This research focus is increasingly framed by sustainability science thinking. Professor Bebbington was the Vice-Chair (Scotland) of the UK’s Sustainable Development Commission from 2006-2011 and brings substantial policy experience to her academic work.

In her own words...

The desire for more sustainable forms of development is predicated on the knowledge that we are currently unsustainable and as such there is a need for ‘change’. For me, transformation is something more than change. Transformation suggests a scale of change that is systemic and multi-dimensional (including transformation of our economic realtionships); a rate of change that is quicker than might seem possible as well as change that is deliberative and deliberate. Transformation also suggests that there is a view of what we need to aspire to be/do – a goal that might need to be imagined.

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